| | | PA Radio – Episode 233: Dr. Stu McGill

Author / Cali Hinzman


The Gift of Injury

Fix your back pain with Dr. McGill’s book Back Mechanic! Use the code BFPfriends on any Backfitpro books and supports at BackFitPro.com.

How did Dr Stu McGill take top ranked powerlifter, Brian Carroll, from his devastating back injury in 2012 to full recovery and numerous national first place finishes? The formula: Compile your list of prerequisites for the sport, determine what you can do, and then calculate the difference. It’s as simple as putting pen to paper and yet the noise of the hacks and gimmicks make choosing the best tools possible difficult for the layman.

However, the body is often far less complicated that an athlete’s psyche particularly when that psyche is corrupted by tremendous pain. Learn how Dr McGill treats the pain by repairing the system’s mechanics AND allowing the athlete to build on pain-free ranges of motion. As Doc says, pain doesn’t reveal what you should do, but a proper assessment will. Yeah. The man is the Master Yoda of recovery.


If this episode didn’t get you pumped on learning more about how pain effects training, recovery, and mental state, nothing will. Be sure and find Stu’s book Gift of Injury on www.backfitpro.com. You can also find Stu on Facebook and IG by doing a quick search of the same.

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Cali Hinzman

A strength and conditioning coach since 2009, Cali has worked with numerous athletes spanning from rugby players to cross country skiers. Almost immediately after finding CrossFit in 2010, she was introduced to a program that better suited her athletic goals. With her existing background in powerlifting and football, she became a natural devotee to CFFB/PowerAthlete and testament to it's effectiveness. In 2012, she left D.C. and headed for the state named after her to be a part of the CrossFit Football Seminar Staff and a Jedi of Power Athlete HQ. Cali currently resides in Seattle where she works full time in law enforcement.



  1. Joshua LaBare on November 17, 2017 at 4:43 am

    This episode was absolutely amazing

  2. The Bat on November 17, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Great episode. I hope this isn’t a stupid question but, on the part where you guys are talking about stretching hamstrings, how do we know if we should or shouldn’t? As well as other things like that, do and do not’s?

  3. Davin Butler on November 24, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Episode spoke to me like Jesus. In the Army I am up to the point of shots or worse for my DJD L4 toL1. I refuse, and I chose to work though the pain and just have to rest days, stretch, and warm up longer. No shots and no fusing, I should be back to 500 DL in few months.

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